Reuven Schmerling, who was found dead in the Israeli-Arab city of Kafr Qasim, was buried Friday near the settlement of Elkana, in which he lived. His death is still under investigation, though his family say they’re certain he was murdered on nationalistic grounds.

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More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of Reuven Schmerling, an Israeli man from the West Bank settlement of Elkana. Schmerling was found dead on Wednesday in the Israeli-Arab city of Kafr Qasim.

Though a gag order has been issued on most of the information regarding the investigation into Schmerling’s death, police and Shin Bet are looking into the possibility that he was murdered over a business-related dispute with his Arab workers.

Schmerling’s family members say they are certain his murder was nationalistically-motivated.

“It’s just unfathomable,” said Hadar, Schmerling’s granddaughter, at his funeral. “We’re still waiting for you to come into the Sukkah with a big laugh or with a song, sit at the table and pick up one of the little ones. You were an impressive man that we all admired.”

The settlement of Elkana said in a statement that Schmerling was murdered by “murderous lowlives” and said it is assisting his family through this difficult time.